From the earliest cave paintings of wild game to Salvador Dalí
and his pet ocelot Babou, artists have always been fascinated by animals. Here, we present you the ten most popular creatures on Artsy, based on how many users have saved (❤’ed) them to their collections. If you like what you see, be sure to follow Animals
and Animal Portraits
9. Andy Warhol’s early watercolor cat
8. Charlotte Dumas’s horse
, Peter, regally resting in his stall by Arlington National Cemetery.
7. Albrecht Dürer’s Rhinoceros
, which just set an auction record this spring.
6. Damien Hirst’s (real) lamb
embalmed in formaldehyde.
5. Fred Tomaselli’s bird
made from collaged photos.
4. Robert Mapplethorpe’s coy Kitten
photographed in 1983.
3. William Holbrook Beard’s anthropomorphized monkey
, casually enjoying a cigarette.
2. Simen Johan’s otherworldly, digitally manipulated giraffes
1. And finally, Liu Di’s giant panda
, who sits atop a ruined cityscape—and our rankings.